Wide Shot: Everything You Need to Know

Wide Shot What Is a Wide Shot? A wide shot (WS for short) is a type of camera shot where a character or group of characters is completely within the frame. Wide shots are also referred to as long shots or full shots, and filmmakers use this type of cinematic scene-building to give the audience…

Close-Up Shot: Everything You Need to Know

Close-Up Shot A close-up shot is a type of camera angle, focus, and design that frames an actor’s face. The close-up shot is usually used to: Express a significant emotion Identify a moment of extreme importance to the story Capture nuances on the actor’s face that the audience might otherwise miss in longer or wider…

Pan Shot: Everything You Need to Know

Pan Shot Pan shots, sometimes referred to as panning, are a basic yet extremely effective camera technique in which you move the camera horizontally from a fixed point to capture a panorama. To create a pan shot, you change turn the camera to the left of right without altering its position. There’s no such thing…

Two Shot: Everything You Need to Know

Two Shot A two shot is a shot that shows two subjects in the same frame. The subjects don’t necessarily have to be next to each other, sometimes a subject is in the foreground and the other is in the background. With the two shot, the director can choose between close-up shots, medium shots, long…

Full Shot: Everything You Need to Know

Full Shot A full shot, wide shot, or long shot captures one or more characters or subjects from top to bottom to focus on the character’s appearance or movement. Examples include characters riding horses or walking down the street. Full shots can communicate the appearance, movement, mannerisms, traits, or actions of characters before focusing on…